Monday, 27 March 2017

Tai Chi - Tel Aviv

This is a lovely video clip showcasing Assi Ben Porat  who studied with John Kells and students.

He teaches in Tel Aviv,Israel

Saturday, 25 March 2017

San Ti

Having a go at explaining SanTi posture and moving into PiQuan in Sun style Xingyi

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Cook Ding's Kitchen: The Four Points of Ki Aikido

This is a great clip of Koichi Tohei and the four principles of Ki Aikido. Just as pertinent for Tai Chi.

If you are interested you might also want to read about Nakamura Tempu and his influence. There are several books available on Amazon.

Cook Ding's Kitchen: The Four Points of Ki Aikido: Koichi Tohei was somewhat of a controversial figure in the development of aikido. Watching old videos of him, I just can't help but b...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mesothelioma and Tai Chi / Qi Gong

I received a request to link to a site for Mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to Asbestos, and the benefits that Qi Gong and Tai Chi may have for those who are suffering from it.

I tend not to link to many sites but think this deserves a post which I hope others can share as appropriate.

It's an American website which also has articles on complementary therapies such as Reiki, Aromatherapy and Massage.

The website article on the benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong is here

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Sun style Taiji

I really like this tutorial video of the traditional Sun style Taijiquan form. You have to get past the introduction which seems to go on forever but then you get to Sun Jianyun. Look out for the nimble footwork!

The form is demonstrated by Mr Zhang. Note the complete absence of flourishes and embellishments so common to modern forms of Taiji developed for competition. When stepping there is no bouncing up and down which denotes a lack of power. Look closely at any traditional form of Taiji and you will see there are no flourishes to make it look pretty or satisfy stylistic performance. The real beauty is in the expression of the principles from within.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Tai Chi in Cyprus

Check out the excellent website of my old Tai Chi friend Master Vasilious.

We both studied with John Kells and if you're in Cyprus get in touch with him to attend classes.

The website is Cyprus Tai Chi

Sun style class

I'm starting a Sun style Tai Chi for Beginner's class in Hertford, Hertfordshire on the 15th March.

Get in touch via the contact page on if you're interested.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017